out now: Vatican Shadow – Rubbish Of The Floodwaters [Ostgut Ton]


Vatican Shadow


Rubbish Of The Floodwaters


Ostgut Ton


O-TON 104


Release Date:
12th May 2017


vinyl & digital


They Deserve Death

Rubbish Of The Floodwaters

Weapons Inspection


Press Info (English):
“Some resurrect themselves after near-death experiences in politics,
while others continue to appear politically alive even when they have actually died.”

In time for the 20th anniversary of his label Hospital Productions, Dominick Fernow offers the first release of his Techno-focused moniker Vatican Shadow on Ostgut Ton, following up on his Berghain residency and joining Ostgut Booking in 2016 with his Vatican and Prurient projects.

The Cocteau Twins/This Mortal Coil-channelling, beatless widescreen opener “They Deserve Death” and the two collateral club/dancefloor tracks “Rubbish Of The Floodwaters” and “Weapons Inspection” offset each other by reincarnating the tape manipulation that laid the foundation of Vatican’s first performances with analog hardware and minimalist midi-dissection. Produced in Los Angeles with Josh Eustis, Vatican Shadow’s Rubbish Of The Floodwaters EP casts a full spectrum picture of where the project was born and where it headed.

Special focus was put on this EP’s artwork, contributed by Berlin-based photographer Christian Vagt, taken from his Softex series. With Softex Vagt documents the military and police-run refugee camp located on the industrial diaspora near Thessaloniki. Vagt’s photograph of Softex’ concealing but sheer fence extends Vatican Shadow’s recontextualisation of newspaper, military and religious quotes, cementing the sound storage medium of vinyl as a mixed media art object, colligating Vagt’s motif from Softex with Vatican Shadow’s ‘media blackout/silence’.


Press Info (German):
“Some resurrect themselves after near-death experiences in politics,
while others continue to appear politically alive even when they have actually died.”

Rechtzeitig zum 20. Geburtstag seines Labels Hospital Productions veröffentlicht Dominick Fernow sein erstes Release unter seinem Techno-Alias Vatican Shadow auf Ostgut Ton, folgt damit auf den letztjährigen Beginn seiner Berghain-Residency und Beitritt zur Ostgut Booking-Agentur mit seinen Vatican- und Prurient-Projekten.

Das Cocteau Twins-/This Mortal Coil-evozierende, beatfreie, eröffnende Stück „They Deserve Death“ sowie die beiden kollateralen Club-/Dancefloor-tauglichen Tracks „Rubbish Of The Floodwaters“ und „Weapons Inspection“ stehen in Dialog zueinander und verweisen zurück auf die Tape- Bearbeitungstechnik, die die Basis von Vaticans ersten Performances mittels analoger Hardware und minimalistischer MIDI-Sezierung legte. Produziert in Los Angeles mit Josh Eustis zeichnet Vatican Shadows Rubbish Of The Floodwaters EP ein Bild dessen, wo das Projekt seinen Anfang nahm, und wohin die Reise geht.

Besonderer Fokus liegt bei dieser EP auf dem Artwork, eine Arbeit aus der Softex-Reihe des in Berlin lebenden Fotografen Christian Vagt. Mit Softex dokumentiert Vagt die von Militär und Polizei betriebene Flüchtlingsunterkunft gleichen Namens, gelegen auf einer Industriebrache nahe Thessaloniki. Vagts Fotografie von Softex’ kaschierendem aber dennoch durchsichtigen Zaun erweitert Vatican Shadows Rekontextualisierung von Zitaten aus Nachrichtenmedien, militärischen und religiösen Kontexten, aus dem Tonträgermedium Vinyl wird ein Mixed Media-Kunstobjekt, das Vagts Motiv aus Softex mit Vatican Shadows Konzept der medialen Kommunikationssperre/-stille vereint.




Full Track Streaming:
“Rubbish Of The Floodwaters”


“Weapons Inspection”

Video made by the29nov films


“Boiler Room”


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